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GAO report again finds black lung proposal supported by science

By Chris Hamby

A new government study supports reducing the dust limit workers encounter in mines; the industry is pushing back against stronger rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Nine months later, U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers of Kentucky and Jack Kingston of Georgia, both Republicans, asked the GAO to conduct the study that led to this wee …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Suttles told the EPA that each of the six states his group represents — Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee — ranks …"

"… igh in terms of adverse health effects from coal-fired plants. “Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia, experience some of the worst health effects from …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… dismayed that so many Republican governors, including Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, where Sullivan was born and still lives, have refused to expand the Medic …"

"… Tampa in 2012. Sullivan told the journalists Thursday that, in his view, Georgia can’t afford not to expand Medicaid. Not only would the expansion bring …"

"… pand Medicaid. Not only would the expansion bring hundreds of thousands of Georgians into coverage, the millions of dollars the federal government would send …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ending the summit in The Hague — that signed the pledge include Algeria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a nu …"

FEC to Claire McCaskill: Show us your money

By Dave Levinthal

Missouri Democrat says missing campaign finance report was lost in the mail

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… epublicans, including Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Gras …"

Defense Department poorly managed design, construction of F-35 fighter, auditor says

By Douglas Birch

A detailed new report offers some insight into why the most costly weapon system in U.S. history has so many problems and defects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… A June 2012 audit of F-35 subcontractor L-3 Communications in Alpharetta, Georgia, which is building the cockpit display system, found was a “failure …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… the Navy’s Trident ballistic missile submarine bases in Connecticut and Georgia, according to the website of Rapidgate’s operator, Eid Passport, Inc., b …"

Getting adults on board for alternatives to locking up kids

By Susan Ferriss

As states confront high costs of incarceration, a push to better help kids before they become adult offenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… t when a 20-year-old — with documented psychological needs — entered a Georgia school armed with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammo. He exchanged gunfire wit …"

Is the Veterans Affairs Dept. too stringent on veteran-owned companies?

By Steven Rich

News21 investigation details the complex verification process for contracts aimed at veteran-owned companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ess in uncovering companies accused of posing as veteran-owned. In 2011, a Georgia man was indicted on fraud charges for posing as a SDVOSB. Last year, an Il …"

Five money-in-politics facts about John Lewis

By Michael Beckel

That's one of five money-and-politics facts you'll learn here about civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… and Freedom, which he had helped organize. Now the most senior member of Georgia’s congressional delegation, Lewis has been a member of the U.S. House of …"

"… he March on Washington, here are five money-and-politics tidbits about the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon: 1. Lewis vocally opposed Citizens United …"

"… he Federal Election Commission. Just 10 individual donors — most of them Georgians — have given more than $200 to Lewis’ campaign this year. That's the …"

"… ngnam Style” by South Korean rapper Psy. The parody was produced by the Georgia's Asian American Legal Advocacy Center and Kollaboration Atlanta, a nonpro …"

New super PAC to boost women candidates

By Michael Beckel

Portland-based group cites comedian Stephen Colbert as an inspiration for political advocacy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Public Integrity previously reported.     …"

"… n changing that. Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Michelle Nunn of Georgia have been endorsed by the More Women in Congress Super PAC, which register …"

"… he highest number in the country’s history. In addition to Kentucky and Georgia, two dozen other states have never elected a female U.S. Senator. Incident …"

"… e U.S. Senator. Incidentally, the first woman to serve in the Senate was a Georgian — Rebecca Latimer Felton, who was appointed in 1922 and served for just …"

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… State Rep. Richard Smith, chairman of the House Insurance Committee in Georgia, and sponsor of a navigator bill there, said the laws are a matter of stat …"

"… igator program to the exchanges in each state. But in 34 states, including Georgia, the federal government will be running the exchange, at least in part. In …"

"… ution — and the recommendations forwarded by agent and broker groups. In Georgia, for example, the law calls for navigators to undergo background checks an …"

"… ows, who also works as an insurance agent and is a member of the Northwest Georgia Association of Health Underwriters, which helped write the bill, Smith sai …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ---------------- Her conclusion did not sit well with Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia and Larry Bucshon of Indiana. “Some of Dr. Birnbaum’s statements sound …"

Only a few states enact evidence-based care for troubled youth

Amid widespread inaction on evidence-based treatment for delinquent youth, a few states get it right.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… s our stories documented, use of these models has been expanding slowly in Georgia and remains limited, despite a growing consensus among state leaders that …"

"… and remains limited, despite a growing consensus among state leaders that Georgia’s current approach to juvenile justice is yielding poor returns due to o …"

"… munity-based treatment backed by research. This dynamic is not limited to Georgia, however. Most states are also making only limited progress toward revampi …"

Evidence-based treatment works for Georgia’s troubled youth, but dollars aren’t following

State leaders are expanding evidence-based treatment for troubled youth, but roadblocks still prevent many from receiving best care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… pent time at the Rome Regional Detention Center near his home in Northwest Georgia, two state-funded residential treatment facilities, and a county jail. Th …"

"… youth while simultaneously reducing crime and saving taxpayers money. In Georgia, consensus for change has developed among leaders in both parties, in the …"

"… rts, and across the state government. Carol Hunstein, the chief justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court, who has emerged as one of the state’s leading advocat …"

"… th, particularly those with mental health issues. However, a close look at Georgia’s budgets for juvenile justice and interviews with key leaders and servi …"

Treatment for troubled teens

Two Georgia youth offenders respond to intensive, at-home family-focused treatment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… o refuse,” said Kate Cantrell, who directs Youth Villages’ programs in Georgia and Alabama. “It’s our job to help them see the benefit of participati …"

Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… nsibility, she said, was to promote the project to South Carolina and Georgia politicians so they could be better advocates. The support of the South Ca …"

Funds from Adelson-backed super PAC boost Georgia nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Virginia super PAC wills its funds to nonprofit in Georgia for reasons unknown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ce last year has ceased operations and transferred its leftover funds to a Georgia-based nonprofit — though what the group plans to do with the money is un …"

"… plans to do with the money is unclear. Rise and Shine America, Inc., the Georgia nonprofit, is organized as a “social welfare” organization under secti …"

"… blic Integrity that the nonprofit “does not intend to be involved in the Georgia U.S. Senate race.” “We're not sure how that story got started, but it …"

"… nced that he will not seek re-election, sparking a flurry of interest from Georgia Republicans who are eyeing the seat including three sitting U.S. House mem …"

Lax state rules provide cover for sponsors of attack ads

By Alan Suderman

In 30 states it’s impossible to total how much money outside groups are spending on campaigns.

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"… hat received a failing grade. The others were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississi …"

Authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new international tax haven investigation

Government data appears similar to 2.5 million secret files unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… a, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, …"

IMPACT: Georgia governor signs bills limiting gifts from lobbyists

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Gov. Deal signs measure setting limits on lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… r heels and say we’ve dealt with this issue.” …"

"… kers. Deal’s action puts in place the first major piece of ethics reform Georgia has passed in decades. Until now, lobbyists in the Peach State had been f …"

"… $75 per gift. The previous lack of gift rules was one of many reasons why Georgia ranked dead last a year ago in the State Integrity Investigation, a data-d …"

"… ity and Public Radio International. In addition to its overall grade of F, Georgia received failing grades in the specific categories of lobbying disclosure …"

Colbert Busch backed by D.C.-based groups

By Dave Levinthal

Nearly all independent expenditures made in S.C. special election come from beltway benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… actors include Victory Media Group of Illinois, Antietam Communications of Georgia, Creative Associates LLC of Wisconsin and Kasey Kirby of Washington, D.C. …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… or-party candidate, Barr, who once served in Congress as a Republican from Georgia, had about a libertine's chance in North Korea of leading the nation. …"

"… bsp;announced last month he'll seek a congressional seat in Georgia — as a Republican. Will Barr move to quickly pay his old debts off? “T …"

Georgia's troubled effort to reduce juvenile crime

By Jim Walls

Georgia changed law covering juvenile offenses, but recidivism remains high

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"… ithin three years, compared to just 15 percent of whites. …"

"… juvenile facilities. Two decades later, though, a new data analysis shows Georgia's juvenile system has turned out just as high a percentage of repeat offen …"

"… lony recidivism rates have been virtually identical. The findings come as Georgia policy-makers debate proposed reforms intended to rehabilitate non-violent …"

"… m that remains ill-equipped to help them straighten out their lives. Some Georgia law-enforcement leaders believe violent juveniles should be locked up and …"

FACT CHECK: Conservative Political Action Conference

By FactCheck.Org

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Sarah Palin stretch the truth at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Maryland Public Policy Institute, wrote: “It was the peanut farmer from Georgia who pushed the United States toward a market economy, not the one-time act …"

Controversy over cops in schools flares anew

By Susan Ferriss

Push for more police post-Newtown runs up against concern about 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… hers or other school staff to be armed include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Texas and Utah already a …"

Georgia House approves ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

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"… which is not yet set but is expected to come before the end of April. …"

"… e to increase transparency and reduce the risk of corruption in the state. Georgia ranked dead last and received an F grade last year from the State Integrit …"

"… d on the reform package, William Perry, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, said that with the exceptions written into House bill, lobbyists still wo …"

"… anyone who lobbies fewer than six days a year. Kay Godwin, co-chairman of Georgia Conservatives in Action, said that even with the changes, the bill still d …"

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ed wards between 1997 and 2010. Several states, including Arizona and Georgia, cut their numbers by 50 percent or more.  On the global stage, Spee …"

As EPA delays new coal ash rules, residents turn to the courts for relief

By Kristen Lombardi

Across the country, residents are challenging the health impact of coal ash ponds -- bringing lawsuits as EPA delays new rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… The Center for Public Integrity reported in 2009. Other places, including Georgia, are witnessing their first coal-ash cases. Still others, such as South Ca …"

"… e other 300 — at the sprawling Robert W. Scherer coal plant, operated by Georgia Power Co. Residents allege the company’s coal ash has “invaded” thei …"

"… s substances released to the air, soil, and groundwater.” They are suing Georgia Power and additional plant owners for negligence, nuisance and trespass, c …"

"… sick. Kristal Smith, one of the resident-plaintiffs, says she cannot see Georgia Power’s big ash pond from her yard, “but I know it exists.” Her lawn …"

Georgia speaker wants new ethics rules - with a twist

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Speaker proposes bill limiting gifts, but reform groups cry foul

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"… is unlikely the Senate would pass the bills as they are currently written. …"

"… eir own representatives. William Perry, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, said the language could theoretically include someone who posts a petitio …"

"… n most lobbyist gifts to individual members of the legislature. Currently, Georgia is one of the few states to have no limit on such spending. The state Sena …"

"… ving transparency of campaign finances in local elections, Perry claimed. Georgia ranked last among 50 states in the State Integrity Investigation, a review …"

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